Between|the|Blurb : About Me

Between The Blurb is a blog dedicated to the promotion of Fantasy, Science fiction, Horror, YA/Children’s Books and other Speculative Fiction through Book Reviews. Through these reviews I hope to open a new window of excitement, enthralment and over all wonder.

About John Samuel Harrison:

So, who am I? well in short, I am a 27-year-old Male, Unemployed, University Graduate living in Kingston Upon Hull, England. However on the flip side of the spectrum, I am a creative, outlandish and somewhat boisterous at times. I am fanatical nut with his sticky fingers in many a fandom, a avid Con goer and a lover of all things Japan, when I am not “nerding it up” I like nothing more then to read both written literature in the forms of both Novels, Novela, Poetry & comics. I am also an avid drawer of many things that may or may not look like stick men doing the funky chicken, and above all else a biscuit connoisseur.

I am the original contributor to “between the blurb“. I have read throughout both my childhood and adult life from the tentative.. as far back as I can remember This I believe has helped create what I have been told is quite an active imagination, which I have used to fuel projects of my own throughout my life.

Predominantly I would say I read more of the fantasy genre than any other. I would say this is because fantasy isn’t bound by modern convention, social norms or laws of physics. The worlds authors create are often so different to our own that the mere fact that it is a planetoid is the only similarity. The author can be as otherworldly or as familiar as the he/she wants and for the reader, there are a dozen sub-genres to choose from (as well as all the combinations thereof).

My favourite authors within the fantasy genre are the following:

Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss : The man is an all-round amazing guy. He is an avid RP player, bard and fighter extraordinaire within Acquisition Incorporated, as well as being an amazing writer. Just take a look at what he wrote on Goodreads about the third instalment of his book, which somehow has reviews despite the book not being released yet:

“While it’s nice to see folks out there giving this book five stars, and in some cases even reviewing it, I’ll admit that I’m kinda puzzled. After thinking it over for a while, I’ve realized there’s only one explanation for this:
Time travellers love my books.
This is strangely reassuring, as it lets me know that, eventually, I do finish my revisions, and the book turns out good enough so that I still have a following out there in the big ball of wibbly-wobbly…. timey-wimey…. stuff that I like to think of as the future.”

Scott Lynch: This is another man who is a wizard of words and puppetmaster of your emotions. He makes you fall in love with a character and hang on their every word before giving you a metaphorical wink and dropping the character off a cliff, ripping out your heart and stamping on it! I now don’t trust him as several times he has brought me nearly to tears or so angry with the “bad guy” I could have spit blood!

To demonstrate this man’s sheer tenacity, here is a tweet from him from July 17 2012:

“If you want to write a negative review, don’t tickle me gently with your aesthetic displeasure about my work. Unleash the goddamn Kraken.”

if you have any quizzie questions, requests or hate mail, you can contact me with the below information.

check me out on Twitter @catcook

Can’t wait to hear from you!


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